Olivia Munn Officially Becomes an X-Men Superhero

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She has played a quizzical financial news anchor on Newsroom, Sarah Jessica Parker’s high strung co-worker in I Don't Know How She Does It, and Magic Mike’s girlfriend, but Olivia Munn’s next role could be her coolest: a superhero. Munn has been cast to play Betsey Braddock, aka Psylocke, in the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse.

The film's director, Bryan Singer, announced the big casting news on Instagram with the message, "Excited to welcome Olivia Munn as Betsey Braddock!"

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In the Marvel comics, Munn's character wields telepathic and telekinetic powers as well as assassin skills, after switching bodies with a Japanese ninja named Kwannon. Apocalypse, which follows up last year's X-Men: Days of Future Past, is set for a May 2016 release. Munn joins a star-studded cast that includes Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, and Nicholas Hoult. The film will complete a storyline trilogy that started in 2011 with X-Men: First Class.

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